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    Fat Elvis in Las Vegas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    Chris Christie clears himself.
    "SHE did it!"

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    A smile, a yawn, and William Congreve.

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    Mitt 3.0

    LOL

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    It seems that some of the GOP candidates are internet and social-media challenged.

    Ted Cruz isn't even master of his Domain. A search for info on his positions at the simple tedcruz.com redirects here.

    No candidate wants to be identified with certain phrases that can poison their campaign. Among the merchandise for sale at the store of the Rand Paul website was this item:

    http://thedailybanter.com/wp-content..._rand_paul.jpg

    It actually states "official campaign flip flops."

    Someone finally figured out the negative imagery, and now you can "stand with Rand in official campaign sandals."

    https://store.randpaul.com/index.php/fun-stuff.html

    But Rand, they're still flip flops.

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    ^ An Autographed Constitution by Paul Rand... $1,000.00 <--- Seriously?
    Last edited by Merry; April 14th, 2015 at 07:08 AM. Reason: Typo

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    This made me LOL, but I guess, in reality, it's not that funny.


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    Watch: Mika Brilliantly Destroys A Hillary-Hating Republican In Three Minutes

    April 13, 2015 by Omar Rivero

    In this clip, Mika Brezinski confronts Carly Fiorina’s recent attacks on Hillary Clinton with her own record and verbally shuts her down:

    “I’m just wondering when you talk about blemishes, you have an amazing round of accomplishments in your life, but someone could say it like this: “You ran for senate and lost. You worked for John McCain, you got moved off that campaign, and he lost. You had a tenure at Hewlett-Packard that many describe as extremely rocky, destroying jobs and destroying the company’s reputation. Are you really the right person to be criticizing Hillary Clinton’s achievements?

    Carly Fiorina has been taking shots at Hillary over the past few days as she explores a run for the presidency, even releasing this video where she has the gall to question Hillary’s track record of accomplishments. She might have to reconsider after being demolished so handily by the Morning Joe crew.

    After desperately dismissing Mika’s charges as “democratic talking points”, she attempts to defend her record by offering up some numbers of during her tenure as CEO, but even those can’t stand up to scrutiny. “You were fired after a disastrous merger with Compaq and the stock price dropped” points out guest Steve Rattner. When she attempts to defend its later success, he doubles up with: “That was because your successor managed to execute what you were not able to execute, which is why you were fired, I believe.”



    http://www.occupydemocrats.com/watch...three-minutes/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    No candidate wants to be identified with certain phrases that can poison their campaign. Among the merchandise for sale at the store of the Rand Paul website was this item:

    http://thedailybanter.com/wp-content..._rand_paul.jpg

    It actually states "official campaign flip flops."

    Someone finally figured out the negative imagery, and now you can "stand with Rand in official campaign sandals."

    https://store.randpaul.com/index.php/fun-stuff.html

    But Rand, they're still flip flops.
    While I would never vote for Rand Paul, 6 months or so the some of the positions he advocated, especially relating to foreign policy, resonated with me. At the time he was seemed committed to cuts in defense spending, and supported diplomatic geopolitical initiatives, while being critical of US military interventionalism. He was critical of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, supported talks with Iran, and took a reasonably balanced view on America's role in the middle east.

    In addition I was impressed with his comments and position on US incarceration rates and the prison industrial complex.

    The fact that he rolled back his positions on foreign policy and defense spending to that of the more mainstream GOP base is not surprising but it is disappointing. In certain respects it reminds me of how McCain' revised some of his positions following his defeat to Bush in the 2000 GOP primary. Not that there positions were similar, but in many ways, both candidates moved from having fairly independent or 'maverick' views, back to the mainstream.

    He was never my cup of tea, but at least I found his willingness to take his own positions refreshing. Not so much, now.

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    Does anyone running have a true idea of actual priorities?



    Chris Christie: 'I Will Crack Down And Not Permit' Legal Marijuana As President

    by Matt Ferner
    Updated: 04/15/2015

    If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) becomes president of the United States, he said on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" Tuesday, he will "crack down" on those states that have ended prohibitions on marijuana.

    When asked by Hewitt if he would enforce federal drug laws in those states that have legalized and regulated cannabis, Christie responded unequivocally.
    "Absolutely," Christie said. "I will crack down and not permit it."

    Citing an "enormous addiction problem" in the U.S., Christie, who has not yet announced a presidential run but has launched a political action committee, said that a very clear message needs to be sent "from the White House on down through federal law enforcement."

    "States should not be permitted to sell it and profit" from legalizing marijuana, he said.

    Cannabis is still prohibited under federal law. States that have legalized marijuana, for recreational or medical purposes, rely on guidance from Attorney General Eric Holder urging federal prosecutors to refrain from targeting state-legal operations.

    Opposition to marijuana reforms is nothing new from Christie. As governor of New Jersey, he has been a vocal critic, calling medical marijuana programs that 23 states have already enacted a "front" for full recreational legalization. On the prospects for legalizing recreational marijuana in his own state, Christie has said, "Not on my watch." Last year, when asked how a President Christie would treat states that have legalized marijuana, he said, "Probably not well."

    But what is surprising is that a majority of Republicans disagree with Christie's stance, according to the most recent polling from Pew Research Center. Fifty-four percent told Pew that the federal government should not interfere with states that have legalized marijuana -- that is, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

    Moreover, while only 39 percent of all Republicans support the legalization of recreational marijuana, 49 percent of those who identify as more moderate are in favor of legalization, according to Pew. Among millennial Republicans, support for legalizing marijuana is significant -- 63 percent are in favor.

    Not to mention that Christie would need more than just GOP votes to win in 2016, and Pew found that 53 percent of Americans support legalization.

    Tom Angell, chairman of the marijuana policy reform group Marijuana Majority, said that Christie's comments put him out of step with most Americans and with most members of his own party.

    "This is not only bad policy but is incredibly bad politics," Angell said. "If Christie wants to block sensible marijuana reforms in his own state of New Jersey, that's one thing. But it's especially unacceptable -- and not very conservative, I'd add -- for him to say he'd use federal resources to overturn the will of voters in a growing number of other states that are moving beyond prohibition. Maybe he forgot that Colorado is an important swing state in presidential elections."


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/0...rk&ir=New+York

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    DiBlasio trying to mount a back door challenge to the Hildabeast? Personally, I happy with anything that could derail Hillary's coronation, but I don't think he stands a snowball's chance in hell.

    http://nypost.com/2015/04/20/de-blas...cy-vs-hillary/

    De Blasio in secret bid to be Dems’ 2016 pick

    Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Mayor Bill de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist “progressive” alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president, a national party operative told The Post.
    De Blasio’s hope, the operative said, is a “Draft de Blasio’’ movement will develop among progressive activists over the next several months that will lead to the mayor being able to defeat Clinton in the primary elections next year in much the same way leftist Sen. George McGovern successfully challenged the initially front-running establishment Democratic candidate, Sen. Edmund Muskie, more than 40 years ago.
    Standing ready to back de Blasio against Clinton, said the operative, is the state’s small but influential Working Families Party, which has strong ties to de Blasio and is funded by some of the nation’s most powerful labor unions.
    Earlier this year, the New York-based WFP urged Massachusetts Senator and Wall Street-bashing “progressive’’ favorite Elizabeth Warren to challenge Clinton and run for president — but she has repeatedly said she won’t do so.
    “With Warren saying she’s not running, de Blasio and his advisers are trying to position the mayor as the ‘draft’ candidate for the left in 2016. That’s why he refused to endorse Hillary last week,’’ contended the operative, who is involved in presidential politics.
    The draft effort explains why de Blasio was accompanied last week on his “progressive” speech-making trip to Iowa by John Del Cecato, one of the nation’s most important Democratic communications strategists and the man responsible for the popular “Dante” TV spot that helped get de Blasio elected mayor, said the operative.
    “Why would your ad maker be traveling with you in a non-campaign year? Why was he there with de Blasio in Iowa unless you’re trying for something bigger?’’ asked the operative.
    For Del Cecato, an expert in Iowa politics and a longtime campaign adviser to President Obama, helping develop a draft effort for de Blasio may also be personal.
    Del Cecato was described by the operative as “part of the faction of Obama advisers who still deeply dislike and deeply distrust Clinton’’ dating from the time the two faced off in the Democratic primaries in 2008.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who came under attack from fellow Democrats last year for doing little to help his party recapture control of the state Senate, still hasn’t done anything to help the Senate Democrats this year, The Post has learned.
    Even as Cuomo recently updated his own campaign committee for a possible re-election campaign in 2018 and held a $15,000-a-person fundraiser for his campaign committee, he “has not provided any help with fundraising or candidate recruitment to date,’’ a source close to Senate Democrats told The Post.
    The governor, who faced a surprisingly strong primary challenge last fall in part because of his refusal to help Senate Democrats, has been publicly criticized by Senate Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for leaving her out of state budget talks. The remarks didn’t sit well with the thin-skinned Cuomo, insiders say.
    The Senate Democratic source, noting the Senate elections don’t take place until 2016, said Cuomo would be officially put on the spot with a formal request for assistance later this year.

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    Non-story.

    Unnamed national party operative. Really?

    The usual journalistic suspects - Daily Mail, Hot Air, American Spectator - ran with it; but the main source seems to be a Twitter account: https://twitter.com/draftdeblasio

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    Good grief, even as a spoof or joke that wouldn't be funny.

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    Good. Call them out, All of them. That's what the media is supposed to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    It seems that some of the GOP candidates are internet and social-media challenged.
    Add another one to the list. You'd think a former CEO of HP would know better. Or maybe it explains things.

    http://carlyfiorina.org/

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